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Bette Davis : an intimate memoir
Moseley, Roy.
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Publication Information:
New York : D.I. Fine, [1990]

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vii, 192 pages ; 24 cm
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PN2287.D35 M6 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Roy Moseley's classic account of his fifteen tumultuous years with Bette Davis was first published just before her death in 1989. This eagerly anticipated new edition reveals additional material that her long-time companion has only now seen fit to divulge.

Author Notes

Roy Moseley is an internationally known television and theatre journalist and the author of several biographies

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this linguistically inept, trivial book, Moseley, theatrical agent and coauthor of several show-biz biographies, stars himself rather than the late Bette Davis. In 1958, as a man ``half her age,'' he met the actress in London and established a ``beautiful friendship,'' a relationship that lasted for 15 years, with the author frequently visiting Davis in New England and Hollywood. Although he prides himself on his championship of the ``difficult'' actress, Moseley nevertheless relates tales of Davis's outbursts of temper, drinking and often irrational behavior. It was the latter, he notes, that severed their bond in 1973. Much of the book dwells on tedious details--naming people Davis liked and didn't like--and pointless anecdotes--she once served breakfast in bed to Tina Sinatra. This putative intimate memoir, which doesn't do justice to a superb performer, inadvertently confirms that she probably had reason to end the friendship. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Lawrence Quirk's biography of actress Davis ( Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis, LJ 2/15/90) will probably stand as the definitive work. However, he never met her. Moseley not only met Davis, he was a confidante, and this memoir is based upon their 15-year friendship. Starstruck Englishman Moseley has made a point of not only meeting his favorites but also trying to become their friends. Davis eluded him even after Moseley became a credible figure in show business. Eventually they met, however, and their friendship lasted until a sad break late in Davis's life. Moseley's book complements Quirk's. A very personal tantly, it tempers B.D. Hyman's (Davis's daughter) My Mother's Keeper (Morrow, 1985); Moseley knew both of them and has his own version of events. A nice addition to the Davis literature.-- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Seaside, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1. The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendshipp. 1
2. Dinner at White Cityp. 9
3. The Chantryp. 18
4. My First Visit to Twin Bridgesp. 32
5. Bette and B.D.p. 42
6. Friends and Neighborsp. 53
7. Christmas with Bettep. 62
8. Oscars and Other Awardsp. 70
9. Hollywood Daysp. 79
10. London, 1971p. 87
11. The Men in Her Lifep. 99
12. Monsterp. 116
13. Bette and Other Starsp. 127
14. A Tough Professionalp. 146
15. Joan Crawfordp. 168
16. Return to Hollywoodp. 174
17. The Bette Davis Facep. 189
18. Bette and Mep. 197
19. The End of a Beautiful Friendshipp. 206
Afterwordp. 215
Indexp. 217